Today, September 21, is Birthday of outstanding Brazilian and South American fighter, Acelino "Popo" Freitas

Popo was born 1975 in Bahia, Brazil. Being a little baby while drinking a milk he made a sound as "po-po-po", that's why his mother gave him this nickname. As a boy Popo was a quite gifted football player, but he choose the fighting. On the amateur ring, 1995, he won the silver medal on PanAmerican Games, losing in the final by close decision to world champion, Julio Gonzalez of Cuba. At the very same year Acelino turned pro. Only the super-feather, Popo recomended himself as a very big puncher- his first 29 victories goes by the way of KO!!! 1999 Acelino gets his first world title- the WBO belt, in the first round knocking out the experienced Anatoli Alexandrov from Russia. 2002 Freitas recieves also WBA belt at the same division, winning by points strong Cuban Joel Casamayor. In 2004, moving up to lightweight, Freitas beat 18-time world champion, Artour Grigorian of Uzbekistan, and takes his WBO belt. In his next fight Freitas survives the first defeat from another star, Diego Corrales, by TKO in the 10-th. Two years later, Popo gets his belt back, but in 2007 in unification WBA and WBO fight he lost again to American Juan Diaz, by retiring in round 8. By that time it was the last Popo's fight, but in June, 2012, just five years later, he made his comeback with the record of 39(33 KO)-2(2 KO). Acelino "Popo" Freitas has been one of the most famous sport people in Brazil for the last decade, together with Brazilian soccer super-stars. By his great victories he made boxing much more popular in Brazil, where this sport was never such beloved that in another South American countries. Today Popo is 37!

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